Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury – roundtable face off
By Scott Gilfoid: Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury’s roundtable face off with BT Sports started off with both fighters sounding peaceful, but towards the end it got out of hand completely, thanks to Fury doing all the talking. The moderator failed to cut Fury off to keep him from interrupting Wilder constantly, and it ruined it. Fury basically hogged the entire roundtable by talking roughly 90 percent of the time.
Fury (27-0, 19 KOs) seemed to lose his cool with the thoughtful, measured pace that the sleepy-eyed Wilder (40-0, 39 KOs) was talking to him about their December 1 fight at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.
Fury was triggered when Wilder started talking about what motivates him during the face off. Fury started a rant after Wilder brought up what gets him motivated, and this led to Tyson lecturing for the next two minutes. Fury was so upset at Wilder that he said, “I don’t like you anymore.” Fury looked like he was ready for a straitjacket. The face off round-table discussion disintegrated completely. It was like watching two kids on the play ground trying to convince each other that they’ll win their fight.
Fury looked scared at one point during the roundtable when he clearly angered Wilder, who looked like he was about to reach across the table to give him a good swat with his right hand. Thankfully, Wilder kept his composure and didn’t let Fury have it, but it looked for a second there that he was going to lay him out for the 10 count. In the future, the organizers for these face offs between Wilder and Fury need to make sure they’re kept far apart with their teams around to make sure things don’t get out of hand.
“You’re getting it. You can’t beat me,” Fury said to Wilder. “I’m beating you. Even after all the time off, you can’t beat me. I know in my heart you can’t beat me. No one can. I’ll retire the undefeated heavyweight champion of the world like Rocky Marciano. You can’t beat me and 10 men like you can’t beat me. I’m the lineal champion of the world, and I know for a fact you can’t take it from me,” Fury said.
Fury’s claim that he’ll retire undefeated like boxing great Rocky Marciano (49-0, 43 KOs) is hard to believe. Fury has looked terrible in his two comeback fights against Francesco Pianeta and Sefer seferi. Right now, Fury is looking like his unbeaten record will end on the 1st of December when he gets inside the ring with Wilder.
“There’s going to be a point in time where you’re going to have to show everything you’ve said,” Wilder said. “This is not your time. Your time may come, but this is not your time. You may feel like it’s your time, but it’s not your time, Tyson. This is my time, and it will be forever my time until I retire.”
Wilder was being kind during this part of the exchange by letting Fury that “this is not your time.” Wilder could have been mean and told Fury that his time has come and gone, and now he’s just living off his brief 15 minutes of fame from three years ago. The belief the boxing fans have about Fury is his era is done, and he’s not going to be talk Wilder to a point where he’s mentally beaten before he steps foot inside the ring like he did against Wladimir Klitschko. Wilder is a different type of fighter than Klitschko. Wilder doesn’t need to be motivated by his corner and ordered the way Wladimir did. Wider is self-motivated.
“I don’t like you anymore. I came here thinking me and you are similar,” Fury said. Sitting here at the table, I know you and me are worlds apart. You’re a bum, and a bum that’s getting knocked out.”
See what I mean when I talk about how Fury lost it completely. The man only had a brief two minutes in which he was making sense at the start of the face off, but after that point, he was just babbling and repeating himself. The moderator might as well have ended the round-table face off right there and then, because it was just all the same stuff being spouted by Fury.
“You’ve never felt power like mine. You’ve never seen power like mine. No man on earth will ever beat me,” Wilder said.
Wilder is telling the truth when he says that Fury has never felt the kind of power that he’s going to be introducing him to on December 1. That’s the reality of it. Fury was in the ring with Wladimir Klitschko, but he wasn’t getting hit in that fight because Wladimir wasn’t even trying to fight.
“You know what you are? A bully. You’re getting knocked out,” Fury said. “I’ll make you eat your words. You’re a bum, a dosser, and that’s how it is. I’m knocking you the spark out. You’re a skinny little man. I beat men like you seven days a week. Don’t get scared now. You look kind of skinny with a basketball build. His nickname for himself gives me the psychological edge. He calls himself the ‘Bronze Bomber.’ That means he’s third place. This belt is made of gold and green, not bronze. I’ll be relieving it from you on the night. I’m coming to America to destroy a cruiserweight, and to me, you’re only a few pounds over the cruiserweight limit. When you feel 18 to 19 stone on the jaw, and you will feel it, sooner or later. You’re defense is quite leaky. When I tag you, it’s over. I’m not 40-years-old like Luis Ortiz. When I get you going, I’m going to get you out of there for sure. I’ve got the Floyd Mayweather defense. You don’t have a prayer. I’m going to come and wipe you out in America. It’s the one that you don’t see coming that is most dangerous, and that’s what I aim to do to you; sneak one around the corner that you don’t see. There ain’t anyone that can prepare you for me. Footwork and the sweet science. That’s why I’ve chosen you. I want this to be one of the great comebacks in boxing history similar to George Foreman and Muhammad Ali.”